Milk Bar

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  • Australian
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Milk Bar is the sister coffee bar of Flat White – a five-minute walk away. The formerly funereal colour scheme has been brightened up in recent years, and large colour photographs decorate the walls. With the leavening of the look has come a general freshness in Milk Bar’s offering, especially as regards food and (even more welcome) service.

There are smiles all round and, on the counter and menus, a lot more effort to please than under the old regime. Eggs are a major feature and baked goods are worth ordering (and not expensive). Our coffee experience was mixed. Espresso was good in the familiar high-roast style of Square Mile, but while a trio of flat whites were well made, they weren’t nearly hot enough. Sort out little things like that, and you have a winner.

Venue name: Milk Bar
Address: 3 Bateman Street
Opening hours: Open 8am-5.30pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-6pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Leciester Square or Tottenham Court Road

Average User Rating

2.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:6
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Conor S

I was in not long ago and the guy with the hat that's too small for his head punched the metal cupboard behind the counter - look out for the dent! Great coffee though sh*ty service.

Joe L

Go to Thirst Opposite.  The coffee is just as good and the staff are lovely.  The Staff in Milk Bar are Awful, Arrogant Ars*h*les!  Give it a miss and hopefully it will eventually be replaced.  If I could rate this place no stars I would.

Sandy D

Coffee is delicious. The staff are a bunch of surly tw*ts. 

Thankfully soho is full of great coffee places so avoid this and visit rapha or one of the tapcoffee places instead


Whilst the coffee was one of the best I've had in London, the place feels very sterile and the staff were looking bored and were a bit rude to be honest,.


Was going to Flat white and they were closed for redecorating, so headed off to find their other cafe Milk bar. Name certainly is a bit misleading. A GREAT cafe it is. Fantastic coffee and service. Will definately be a place a go again. Having owned a cafe in NZ for a number of yers has made me appreciate good coffee. Good to find another antip.owned cafe. PS. For some reason only 3stars will work. I have tried to give 5. Coffee was the best.


Recently refurbished, to what effect isn't exactly clear. The vibe has gone and it looks pretty generic now. It wasn;t broke but they fixed it. Shame.


The staff are a rotten miserable bunch with no manors. Coffee was nice but I'd rather do without than give my money to people like them.


This is one of London's top coffee spots, Staff are always friendly and always making amazing flat whites/ long macchiato's.

Joshua Mitson

Superb coffee, by far the best I've had in London, however the staff were a little grumpy. Cool ambience, like the seating arrangement, more cheery, less intimidating staff needed


This place used to be called Blue Room, and Living Room before that, and it was ten x cosier, better (you could use the toilet next door, as now they claim not to have one) and had a much friendlier service as well. Avoid 3p1c f41l

Secret Girl

Nice coffee, shame about the staff - I would go out of my way to go to Notes, Prufrock or any number of other coffee shops where staff are friendly. I will not go back to Milk Bar.


Great place, great coffee and very friendly service! Best coffee in london!


Disappointing - food was average and the service was slack. I was hoping for a glimpse of the wonderful cafe culture from down under, it was certainly not here today